Last Empress: The She-Dragon of China

Last Empress: The She-Dragon of China

by Keith Laidler
     
 

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In 1851, a sixteen-year-old girl named Yehonala entered the Imperial Palace of China as a concubine third grade, leaving behind her family, the love of her life, and nearly all contact with the outside world. She emerged as Tsu Hsi, Dowager Empress of China and one of the most powerful autocrats in history. A fascinating tale of love, betrayal, murder, intrigue,

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In 1851, a sixteen-year-old girl named Yehonala entered the Imperial Palace of China as a concubine third grade, leaving behind her family, the love of her life, and nearly all contact with the outside world. She emerged as Tsu Hsi, Dowager Empress of China and one of the most powerful autocrats in history. A fascinating tale of love, betrayal, murder, intrigue, and survival, The Last Empress offers remarkable insight into life behind the closed doors of the forbidden city.

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"...a fascinating story..." (Publishing News, 19 July 2002)

"…Laidler’s book is meticulously researched and covers a fascinating period in Chinese history…" (The Times, 12 April 2003)

"…Keith Laidler’s absorbing new history of 19th century China…" (Daily Mail, 18 April 2003)

'…an engaging history of nineteenth-century court politics...' (Time Literary Supplement. 30 May 2003)

"…a bloody, intense and absorbingly written story…" (Good Book Guide, June 2003)

‘Laidler has written a page-turner of a book…’ (The Asian Review of Books, 30 June 2003)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470848807
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/18/2003
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
5.65(w) x 8.03(h) x 1.21(d)

Meet the Author

Keith Laidler is an anthropologist, author and filmmaker. He is the author of seven books and producer of a large number of films, for some of which he did his own camera work. Originally concentrating on nature films, Dr Laidler worked with Sir David Attenborough on The Living Planet. His production company, Wolfshead Productions has made a number of highly acclaimed documentaries for a variety of broadcasters. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from Durham University.

Dr Laidler has a strong interest in China, which he visits regularly as founder of The Panda Trust, an organisation formed to protect the panda. He has, over recent years, turned his investigative techniques towards history and religion.

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